About the Institute

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is Nigeria’s apex institution for research and advanced studies in law. It was a brainchild of the legal academic community established in March 1979. One of the main ideas in founding the Institute was to establish it as the centre for advanced legal research for all the Nigerian universities with Faculties of Law, so that all postgraduate work could be undertaken there under the joint auspices of the most experienced and learned academic lawyers available in the country, whether indigenous or foreign.

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Our Degree Courses

Choose from postgraduate courses, Continuing professional development (CPD), online distance learning and short courses.

Post Graduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting (PGDLD)


Masters Degree in Legislative Drafting (LLM)


Doctor of Philosophy in Legislative Drafting (Ph.D)

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NIALS/South African Delegates Meeting on Automative Policy/International Trade Law...

NIALS holds an interactive session with Amb. (Prof) Faisal Ismail, the Director of the Centre for International Trade Law

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NIALS at The African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL)...

Three NIALS Staff were among the six Nigerians who presented papers at the ANCL Biennial Conference that was held in Gaborone, Botswana

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NIALS 2018 Fellows Lecture and Conferment of Honorary Fellowship

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) held its Annual Fellows Lecture and Conferment of Fellowships on Tuesday 6th November, 2018. 

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Our academic research stands out because of its rigour and significance. We are committed to contributing, through the excellence of our research and policy work, to critical exploration of the role of law in promoting (or inhibiting) social justice. We take as the inspiration for our legal investigations core values such as equality and citizenship, participation and exclusion, vulnerability and social responsibility – whilst also reflecting upon how such values are themselves constructed and critiqued.